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by DorkRawk
Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Mount Saint Awesome
Replies: 3
Views: 3258

Re: Mount Saint Awesome

So, taking the advice given previously in this thread, I've now got 30 strips of Mount Saint Awesome done. I think that readers can now get a much better feel for the story and the characters, so it would be worth checking out again. So... please head over to http://mountsaintawesome.com and check o...
by DorkRawk
Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thoughts on math homework in college
Replies: 27
Views: 4994

Re: Thoughts on math homework in college

The problem with grading entirely on a correct/incorrect system is that sometimes that isn't a good reflection of the student's understanding of the work. If they get a very advanced problem wrong because they screwed up some arithmetic, the problem obviously isn't right, but they clearly have a bet...
by DorkRawk
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2011-12 Applications Poll
Replies: 32
Views: 4287

Re: 2011-12 Applications Poll

@Durin I did my undergrad at U of I. It's a fantastic deal (great price for a great school) if you're paying in-state tuition. What are you studying? What are you hoping to get out of the "college experience" that you aren't getting now? That said, I'm currently applying to U of TX (among ...
by DorkRawk
Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How many grad school applications?
Replies: 3
Views: 1590

Re: How many grad school applications?

I'm going through the PhD application process right now, too. Counting "reach" schools (schools like MIT and Berkeley that would be awesome to go to if a little luck goes my way, but I'm certainly not counting on) I'm applying to 9 schools. I got to this number more by looking closely at t...
by DorkRawk
Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"
Replies: 65
Views: 23184

Re: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"

I don't remember there being any other guest strips. I'm guessing that a lot of the xkcd comics can be finished relatively quickly (obviously some of the more data-intensive ones would take a while) so he probably has a good backlog and didn't really need guest strips to take a vacation. He probably...
by DorkRawk
Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Looking For AI Programming Challenges
Replies: 3
Views: 1987

Looking For AI Programming Challenges

I'm trying to learn some more AI programming (as well as improve my Python chops) and I've been looking for some programming challenges similar to Project Euler but where there challenges would be more artificial intelligence related problems. Does anybody know of something like this?
by DorkRawk
Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for Class Hobbies
Replies: 20
Views: 3112

Re: Looking for Class Hobbies

You could engage in the time tested tradition of drawing in the margins. I'm requesting that my master degree come with a focus in doodling due to the amount of drawing I've done on my notes (it's also helped me get a bit better at drawing too!) Or you could start writing a story. Start with your cu...
by DorkRawk
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: GRE Scores: The Poll
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

Re: GRE Scores: The Poll

I just took my GRE on Saturday and I am incredibly happy to be done with it! I feel pretty good about my score and now I don't have to feel guilty about not reviewing GRE stuff whenever I have some free time. Congrats to everybody who's taken it so far and best of luck to those who haven't taken it ...
by DorkRawk
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2011-12 Applications Poll
Replies: 32
Views: 4287

Re: 2011-12 Applications Poll

I'm applying to PhD programs in computer science (AI/computation modeling of cognitive processes). Taking the GRE on Saturday. I'm still a little nervous about the whole application process, but it's pretty exciting. Honestly, after finishing my undergrad I had no intention of ever going back to sch...
by DorkRawk
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP Examples in real applications.
Replies: 18
Views: 3086

Re: PHP Examples in real applications.

I second Arancaytar's suggestion of Wordpress. It's really well done and pretty easy to understand after a little bit of playing around. You can pick up some good habits from the way it's done.
by DorkRawk
Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94565

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

What you mean to say is that you have no reason to believe they exist, which is fine, but LeiraHoward may have a perfectly good reason to believe they exist. Operating off of anecdotes and individual cases, but a lot of very good studies start with someone saying "huh, that's interesting...&qu...
by DorkRawk
Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Quadruple majoring
Replies: 42
Views: 7957

Re: Quadruple majoring

Don't quadrupedal major. Even if you can get through it, you'll end up being "entry level" qualified for 4 things. Some of the most important and career valuable things I learned during my undergrad (a single math/cs major) I learned doing projects outside of class. Also, if you spend all ...
by DorkRawk
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Questions About Applying To PhD Programs
Replies: 2
Views: 1058

Questions About Applying To PhD Programs

So, I'm currently in the process of applying for PhD programs in Computer Science (more specifically, artificial intelligence related areas) and I'm having a hard time getting a feel of where I might stand on my admission chances. Some background: My undergrad (CS/Math) grades were terrible. REALLY ...
by DorkRawk
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good HCI grad programs (hardware emphasis)?
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: Good HCI grad programs (hardware emphasis)?

Just saw this thread. I'm an HCI masters student at DePaul in Chicago (so that's an option).

I know that Carnegie Mellon has a fantastic HCI program. Iowa has a pretty good program, too.
by DorkRawk
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 28561

Re: 0807: Connected

Trying to romanticize love is like trying to moisten water.
by DorkRawk
Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: NELL: A CMU Research Project To Read The Web
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

NELL: A CMU Research Project To Read The Web

I just saw an article about this project today. Basically it does natural language processing on a large chunk of the web in order to develop "ideas" based on provided categories and relations. It looks really cool and seems to be producing reasonable results. It's pretty impressive to see...
by DorkRawk
Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 60592

Re: Reactions to your Major

My masters is in Human Computer Interaction.

When I tell people, they just assume that I work with robots.

It's easier to let them just keep believing that.
by DorkRawk
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24408

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

Guys... this comic is pretty funny if you just don't try to over think it. It basically goes like this... "Man, it's really frustrating when people use the wrong tool for a job, just because it's the only tool they know how to use." "That's great, I broke into some guy's boathouse las...
by DorkRawk
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 31359

Re: "Beautiful Dream" discussion (#800)

What does "working with them" and "communicating with the other person" entail? Just because you're accommodating and can form sentences doesn't mean she'll like you. You're right to think that there's no "trick" or "game." But there isn't really an alternati...
by DorkRawk
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 31359

Re: "Beautiful Dream" discussion (#800)

Back in my single days I had a lot of people try to tell me "tricks" to pick up girls and stuff like that. The problem with these "rules" and "secrets to the game" or whatever is that it makes people think of a relationship as some sort of contest where you have to outs...
by DorkRawk
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: voice output
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: voice output

It seems like the missing piece here is inflection, which could just be another attribute to the speech model. Knowing when and where to put this inflection is probably the hard task here (the one presumably connected to emotion). It would be very difficult for a general case (some sort of conversat...
by DorkRawk
Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39646

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Alternatively, one can consider everything true until proven false, just as one is considered innocent until proven guilty. If there is no reason to disbelieve it, then why disbelieve it? This is aptly known as the Argument From Ignorance (argumentum ad ignorantiam, if you want to sound even smarte...
by DorkRawk
Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39646

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

I've never understood why theological comments by physicists are given more credence than scientific comments by theologians. When physics starts to answer questions previously handled by religion (like the origin of the universe), their "theological commentary" is merely a symptom of int...
by DorkRawk
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: POST YER SKETCHERDOODLE 56k beware
Replies: 17
Views: 5963

Re: POST YER SKETCHERDOODLE 56k beware

This was a sketch I did based on someone in one of Mitch Clem's comics (Nothing Nice To Say, I think...)

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by DorkRawk
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Your Webcomic Process
Replies: 2
Views: 2624

Your Webcomic Process

Recently I've been looking to try different methods in my comic process to improve the speed and quality of my art. My original workflow was: pencil sketch on paper (each frame on a separate piece of paper) scan ink in Illustrator w/ a small Wacom color/detail in Illustrator layout in Photoshop text...
by DorkRawk
Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 94962
Views: 7483215

Re: Count to a Million

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by DorkRawk
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 24710

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

The first song on the Less Than Jake record Borders & Boundaries (Magnetic North) starts with this really cool bass riff. I used to use that CD for an alarm clock back in high school and now whenever I hear that song it reminds me of having to wake up way too early.
by DorkRawk
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Typing Sound Effect?
Replies: 3
Views: 3192

Re: Typing Sound Effect?

Thanks for the advice. I went with "takka takka takka...": http://mountsaintawesome.com/comic.php?id=9
by DorkRawk
Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Typing Sound Effect?
Replies: 3
Views: 3192

Typing Sound Effect?

So in one of the next comics I'm drawing for my comic I want someone to be typing. What would you recommend for the "sound" for that? "tap tap tap" "click click click" Would it be better with nothing at all? It's supposed to be a scene where there's not really much goin...
by DorkRawk
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 12096

Re: P≠NP

http://scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=456 He might be wrong, but he is basically the god of computational complexity. And it looks like if he is wrong he's homeless ( or at least out $200,000 ) and jobless ( or at least has to shift his research). I sort of hope this paper holds up. It's not as game cha...
by DorkRawk
Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 94962
Views: 7483215

Re: Count to a Million

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by DorkRawk
Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3924
Views: 387627

Re: Rate the avatar above you

rating: moderately most excellent

I wholeheartedly approve of selling children to the circus. Elephants need friends. Clowns need victims.
by DorkRawk
Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Brain–computer interfaces
Replies: 19
Views: 3257

Re: Brain–computer interfaces

Does anyone know much about what's being done (and where) in academia for BCI research? I've seen a few papers from Penn State. I've thought about this as a possible area of research in the future but it's been hard to find what CS programs (I would be coming at this from a CS side more than a neuro...
by DorkRawk
Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Personal Records
Replies: 159
Views: 73694

Re: Personal Records

Mile (1600m) - 4:44
2 Mile (3200m) 10:02

half marathon (13.1 mi) - 1:33:50
by DorkRawk
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Things to Buy for College
Replies: 63
Views: 9789

Re: Things to Buy for College

Actually, I forgot to mention one thing... go out and grab a few nerf guns. (The Nerf NiteFinder is small, cheap, and fun.) Great for keeping your roommate/neighbour in line - also, Humans Vs. Zombies . Alternately, this. :D (You're a CS major! Relevant!) I'm a big fan of the Nerf Maverick ( ThinkG...
by DorkRawk
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 268298

Re: Recommend a book

Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

Better known for his essays about music/popular culture, this was his first fiction book. For a genre switch, it's surprisingly good (but made better if you've read some of his nonfiction already).
by DorkRawk
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55824

Re: "1996" Discussion

Hmmm.... this comic makes a disturbingly good point. This is sort tarnishing my quaint memories of my TI-82...
by DorkRawk
Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 94962
Views: 7483215

Re: Count to a Million

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by DorkRawk
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50622

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

There is a difference between naturally occurring things with medicinal properties, but often modern medicine has refined these things to make them more potent or safer. My aunt had cancer a few years ago (she's recovering, certainly doing much better now) and she disrupted the schedule of her treat...
by DorkRawk
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 20987

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

There's a great Thrice song (Trust) that for most of it could probably be described as being in 11/4, but alternates between 5 and 6 beat phrases. It's a pretty cool use of interesting timing without sounding too prog or experimental.

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